August 27, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 414

Toughie No 414 by Myops

Like swallowing a dictionary!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****Enjoyment *****

Fitting in the answers was a struggle for many of the clues. Explaining the wordplay is even harder. Myops is one of a handful of setters worthy of the Friday Toughie slot (along with Elgar, Notabilis, Osmosis and Micawber).

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ST 2550

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2550

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment *****

A very easy puzzle for me this one. Big Dave discourages bragging about solving times, so I’ll just say that in minutes and seconds this was exactly as quick for me as the Times crossword of 24th August, the quickest for me in several months if not a year or more. So in the same spirit as Craig Revel Horwood of Strictly Come Dancing, who sees no point in having a board with a 1 on it if he’s never going to use it, this gets one star for difficulty. I was going to knock off an enjoyment star on the basis that nothing this easy can be worth 5, but changed my mind when I got to 3D.

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DT 26330

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26330

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

We have a typical Giovanni puzzle today, good clueing, a few smiles and several religious references. There’s one clue (22d) where I’m not at all sure of how it works, so any assistance on that one would be gratefully received. Whether you have any ideas on that one or not, we’d like to hear your views in a comment.
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